Saturday, March 30, 2013

On Thick Ice

Cashmere Cardigan (thrifted)
J.Crew Cashmere Sweater (thrifted)
American Eagle Jeans (thrifted)
Seychelles Wedges
D&B Leather Bag (thrifted)
AE Braclets
Effy Silver and Sapphire Ring
Fred Meyer Scarf

I'm really trying to work with taking pictures in different types of light, its challenging and sometimes  it looks a little off but I think I'm slowly getting a feel for it.  Slowly.  I'll leave it at that.

I'll you what, I'll never buy uncomfortable cheapy-cheap shoes again.  I bought this pair of Seychelles and hot diggity dog, they fit like they were made for me.  This is such a big deal, I've got large, wide feet and I can't tell you how many times I've gotten blisters or horrible, bloody rub marks from ill-fitting Payless shoes.  So not pretty but not with these babies,  they have to be the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn aside from my boots.  I wear them all day long and they just fit perfectly, no rubbing, no scrunching up my toes to hold the shoe on because a larger size is the only thing that I can get my wide foot into, it's just a world of difference.

 I've been saving my consignment credits for the past three months and I cashed out at the beginning of the month.  I'm trying not to spend "our" money for clothes since we're saving for a move so my budget right now depends on what I can get from either selling older clothes on consignment or though ebay.  I did sell a little bit on ebay as well last month , some clothes, few items of older jewelry and with the money I got a few pairs of Seychelles that were on major sales because dude, it's that hard to find shoes that really do fit!  (Nothing against Payless at all, their shoes just don't seem to fit my foot type very well.)  It's kind of odd, I never have this problem with boots, they always seem plenty wide enough in the foot area.

My foot woes and my joy of finding shoes that really fit, I can't really think of anything else to talk about.  I'm like that older lady in your church or on the bus that has to plod right down next to you and goes on and on about her medical plights and the state of her bunions.  Which I get, having bunions blows.

Alaska Saturdays

 The biggest feedback I got from you guys was that you wanted to know more about Alaska.  So with that in mind I'll now do a post on Saturdays about Alaska and if there is anything in particular that you'd like to know or have a question about, please feel free to ask!  I sometimes forget how awesome and amazing this state is and I take for granted some of the indescribable things about it.

To start the series off this post is Alaska through my eyes(lens).  One thing I learned looking through my folders was that I need to take my camera with me more often, I always forget it when we go hiking or hunting and it's a shame.  This are all photos that I had on back up but Im going to dig through my films and see if I can scan some stuff in.

Photo heavy yes, but all of these pictures capture a particular mood.  One thing that is consistent about Alaska is the beautiful scenery, it varies so much from region to region, from soaring mountains to the fjords to the ice fields to the tundra and even in the worst of weather, it's still a beautiful and striking country that just fills me with awe.  The last pictures are from our fishing trip last summer down to Chitna because hey, what's Alaska without some fishing?

As you can see from the above map, very little of Alaska is actually connected by road.  Outside of the road system is hundreds of villages, towns and communities that rely on bush planes, boats or their own ingenuity to get supplies even as basic as lumber and food.  Alaska is over 570,373 square miles and sometime it just astounds me how small of an area is actually settled within the state.  

Alright, that's it for this week, for next week I'm going to try to work on the history of Alaska and some actual info. 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Rambles of a Mad Woman

Old Navy Denim Jacket
F21 Dress
Fred Meyer tights, Chinese Laundry Thigh Socks
R2 Loafers (thrifted)
Coach Handbag (thrifted)
Icings Bracelets
AE Hat

Referencing what I said yesterday about how there's some days where taking photos is a snap and then there's today where it's the opposite    The sun was really bright and I just couldn't get my act together so these pictures are pretty "meh."   Sort of like Russell Crow's singing voice.  

We finally saw Les Miserables and while Hugh Jackman flipping KILLED it, Russell Crow was really a disappointment for me.  I normally adore him in more of a villainous role and I was really looking forward to seeing him in this movie but it just didn't quite work.  He doesn't have the worst singing voice ever but for a movie that was a musical with the actors singing live, it seems like it was a really strange choice to cast him in this.  The entire movie it felt more like he was struggling  with trying to compare to Hugh that he didn't really focus on acting.  (Or maybe he was just stressed out about the singing and that threw him off.)  Either way, Russell Crowe, not so awesome.  Hugh Jackman?  Oh wow, I cried during the church scene and the finale.  He really carried the movie but I was surprised at how powerful Anne Hathaway's performance was, she really earned that Oscar.     Sacha Baron Cohan and Helena Bonham Carter stole the scenes they were in, they really played off each other so well and were quite entertaining and offered a little bit of comedy.  (Well, Eddie Redmayne's trout lips were pretty distracting, I couldn't concentrate or take him too seriously when he'd start to sing.)  

Yeah, this post turning  into a rambling account of weather or not I liked Les Miserables.  Victor Hugo's novel is one of my favorites and I do always enjoy seeing adaptations of it, whether it's theater or on film.   This was a pretty good version with Hugh Jackman just being amazing and powerful in the role, the only real downsides for me was Russell Crowe and Trout Lips.  

It's funny, this week movie version of two of my favorite novels came out and only one of them I felt any emotion towards really.  It's sad because I don't feel like watching the Hobbit again and I don't feel any sort of emotional connection towards it where the book is my Holy Grail of fiction.   Argh, I hate it when people make movies of my favorite books, the results are usually not up to par.  Next thing you know, Michael Bay's going to announce that he's making Ender's Game.  (Doesn't the thought of that just make you scream in horror?  Maybe that's just nerdy me...)

Alright, that's enough of a rambling rant out of me.  I get on these lines of thoughts and I just have to beat them into the dirt.  As you've guessed, I'm an awful person to go see movies with, I just nitpick them to bits.  Unless of course I love the movie and then it can do no wrong.  (I'm look at you Labyrinth! Please, David Bowie fans, agree with me on this.)

Edit: I'm not sure what's going on with the strange spacing.  I've tried fixing it but blogger isn't having any of that today.  So sorry guys!  And Edit again, I am so sorry about the spelling and grammar errors, I really was on a rant when I wrote this and I apologize for how awful some of the writing was.